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Local fans enjoy Heineken’s viewing party

Published: 
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hundreds of local Real Madrid fans descended upon the Five Islands Amusement Park in Chaguaramas to see their side claim their 13th European Cup/Champions League title.

Liverpool fans must have predicted the outcome as there were outnumbered almost four to one at Heineken’s annual viewing party, as the Spanish giants cruised to their record third title in as many years, yesterday afternoon.

Regardless of affiliation, the 2,000 fans present were boisterous as the game started open, with chances for both European heavyweights.

There was a deafening silence among Liverpool fans after their top goalscorer Mohamed Salah was forced off injured after a rough tackle by Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos after 30 minutes.

While most remained optimistic after both teams went in at half-time level, Liverpool fans’ hopes of claiming their sixth title were dashed minutes later by a shocking mistake by their inexperienced German goalkeeper Loris Karius, who gifted Real Madrid a soft opener.

Liverpool fans found their voices as Sadio Mane equalised four minutes later leaving many fans questioning if the game would be a repeat of their team’s impressive comeback win in 2005.

However, their celebrations were short-lived as Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scored an acrobatic winner, three minutes after the coming off the bench in the 61 minute.

The goal was described by many present as a contender for goal of the competition and left local Liverpool as dumbfounded as their fellow supporters watching it live in Kiev, Ukraine.

Some Liverpool fans were already drowning their sorrows in the array of Heineken products on offer when Bale finished off the game near the end due to another mistake by Karius.

Karius was the butt of jokes from Real Madrid fans as they heckled their opponents until the final whistle.

“He (Karius) look like he get bribed. It looks like he wanted the last one to score,” one fan shouted as he celebrated with his friends.

Although most of the Los Blancos fans present wore replica T-shirts bearing their top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo’s name and number, the reigning Fifa’s Best Men’s Player and Ballon d’Or winner did not manage to score in the final.

They were already repeatedly cheering “Hala Madrid” for several minutes before the referee blew the final whistle, as a Liverpool fan invaded the pitch to prevent Ronaldo from making a final attempt on goal.

As they watched their players collect their medals and trophy on the massive screen erected for the event, the large contingent of fans celebrated with a life-sized replica of the iconic trophy provided by organisers. They were then treated to a performance from reigning Soca Monarch Aaron “Voice” St Louis, who donned a Real Madrid T-Shirt for the occasion.

“We knew it would be hard after Salah got injured but the team still tried. We need a new keeper though,” one Liverpool fan said as he left the event shortly after the game.

While a large number of attendees were able to predict the result in a competition but only five were chosen at random to claim prizes.

In an interview after the game, Carib Brewery’s corporate events coordinator Keisha Maharaj described the event as a major success.

“It was more than we expected. People were coming by the door asking if we had tickets for sale. People had been calling non-stop to get tickets,” Maharaj said as she explained that the majority of attendees won entry to the event through a competition.

Asked whether the size of the event would be increased to cater for the large demand, Maharaj said: “We actually want to keep the crowd to a certain number to maintain that experience and personal touch.”

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